Meaning of BASE in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ beɪs ]

( bases, basing, based, baser, basest)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


The base of something is its lowest edge or part.

There was a cycle path running along this side of the wall, right at its base...

Line the base and sides of a 20cm deep round cake tin with paper.

= bottom

≠ top

N-COUNT : usu the N of n


The base of something is the lowest part of it, where it is attached to something else.

The surgeon placed catheters through the veins and arteries near the base of the head.

N-COUNT : usu the N of n


The base of an object such as a box or vase is the lower surface of it that touches the surface it rests on.

Remove from the heat and plunge the base of the pan into a bowl of very cold water.

= bottom, underneath

N-COUNT : usu with poss


The base of an object that has several sections and that rests on a surface is the lower section of it.

The mattress is best on a solid bed base...

The clock stands on an oval marble base, enclosed by a glass dome.

N-COUNT : usu with supp , oft n N


A base is a layer of something which will have another layer added to it.

Spoon the mixture on to the biscuit base and cook in a pre-heated oven...

On many modern wooden boats, epoxy coatings will have been used as a base for varnishing.

N-COUNT : usu with supp


A position or thing that is a base for something is one from which that thing can be developed or achieved.

The family base was crucial to my development.

= basis, foundation

N-COUNT : usu sing , with supp


If you base one thing on another thing, the first thing develops from the second thing.

He based his conclusions on the evidence given by the captured prisoners.

VERB : V n on/upon n

• based

Three of the new products are based on traditional herbal medicines...

ADJ : v-link ADJ on/upon n


A company’s client base or customer base is the group of regular clients or customers that the company gets most of its income from. ( BUSINESS )

The company has been expanding its customer base using trade magazine advertising.



A military base is a place which part of the armed forces works from.

Gunfire was heard at an army base close to the airport.

...a massive air base in eastern Saudi Arabia.

N-COUNT : usu supp N


Your base is the main place where you work, stay, or live.

For most of the spring and early summer her base was her home in Scotland.

N-COUNT : usu poss N


If a place is a base for a certain activity, the activity can be carried out at that place or from that place.

The two hotel-restaurants are attractive bases from which to explore southeast Tuscany...

N-COUNT : usu sing , usu N prep


The base of a substance such as paint or food is the main ingredient of it, to which other substances can be added.

Drain off any excess marinade and use it as a base for a pouring sauce...

Oils may be mixed with a base oil and massaged into the skin.



A base is a system of counting and expressing numbers. The decimal system uses base 10, and the binary system uses base 2.

N-COUNT : also N num


A base in baseball, softball, or rounders is one of the places at each corner of the square on the pitch.


Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.